RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 5members only

Mali’s Long Road Ahead


France’s Operation Serval may have dealt an initial blow to Mali’s jihadists, but it must now resist the temptation to treat them as a homogeneous group

Operation Serval, the eighteen-month mission mounted by France to oust jihadists from northern Mali, came to an end in August 2014. However, despite the transition into a broader, region-wide operation to counter terrorism, both UN and French troops remain focused on securing Mali and targeting jihadists still operating within the country’s borders. Sergei Boeke and Antonin Tisseron warn against the temptation to treat the jihadists as a homogenous group with common goals and

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